My Story:

Hi! My name is Jordan Burstion; I’m from Fayetteville, North Carolina and selected Duke for its undergraduate research opportunities, commitment to public service, and culture of entrepreneurship. I’m currently pursuing a major in Chemistry with a Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

A degree in chemistry provides me with the opportunity to explore a valuable approach to problem solving, to synthesize information, make predictions, develop a procedure of investigation, and effectively communicate scientific information to others.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate will afford me the programmatic support to apply “thinking like a chemist” to a creative endeavor. Interestingly, when a cosmetics venture failed in elementary school I not only learned that recess is a terrible time to talk numbers and strategy, but also that I loved bringing people together, rallying them around an idea, and building something from nothing. Fortunately, my attempts at project management thereafter were more fruitful and I’m looking for new opportunities to work with dynamic teams on meaningful and innovative projects.

My favorite projects thus far include working with the Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council, interning at the Helping Hands of Georgetown, South Carolina, and launching The Black LLC.